The troubles seem to just keep coming for the woman who told FOX Undercover’s Mike Beaudet that she would “survive.” After three months of grand jury proceedings, in which multiple alleged victims testified against her, Gina Clark, former self-described founder/CEO of the Marstons Mills-based charity Touched By Angels stood in court to face thirty-two indictments that were returned by a grand jury in March. Clark pled not guilty to each and every count of larceny over $250, gross fraud, setting up a lottery scheme, failure to pay minimum wage, failure to pay overtime, failure to give a pay stub, and misclassification of independent contractor. Touched By Angels, Inc. also pled not guilty to the same charges.
The arraignment date was originally scheduled for Tuesday, May 3, but it was changed at the last minute to today. No explanation has been given by any party involved in the case or the court as to why. Bobbi-Jean and Robert Finn, one of Touched By Angels’ previous “families”, were present, as was Crystal Manchuk’s grandmother, Natalie Duarte, who was wearing a shirt with a picture of Crystal printed on it. Manchuk was a Barnstable High School student who was killed on Route 28 after leaving work. Manchuk’s mother, Crystal Manchuk, then dealt with Clark as one of the charity’s other “families.”
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“Let her see the faces of all these families that she’s hurt,” Duarte said.
Clark pulled up in front of the courthouse with much fanfare in a silver Ford. Kathy Curran, I-Team Investigative Reporter for WBZ-TV, was also present as Clark arrived, along with Beaudet. Clark chose to go with her understated look for the day’s proceedings, sporting a conservative beige suit and black hose with the obligatory wedge high heels, heavy makeup, and long violet nails. Although this get-up is far from ideal, it is a considerable trade-up from Clark’s last courtroom attire at her indictment, in which she sported a low-cut purple top and hoop earrings.
Clark was unusually quiet throughout the proceedings, perhaps even demure. She waited patiently until she was called back up to the stand to hear conditions of a contract regarding her release. Clark’s attorney, Seth Roman of Wilkins and DeYoung, alleges that she signed and understood the document. Clark was ordered to appear in court on the dates of her pretrial conference (set for July 21, 2011) and her pretrial hearing (September 16, 2011). Judge Rufo warned Clark that if she violated any of the terms of her release, she would be subjected to incarceration for a minimum of sixty days. As for Touched By Angels, Inc., Judge Rufo warned that the corporation was ordered to be present on July 21 and was forbidden to engage in any charitable fundraising throughout the duration of the case.
Clark left court with what can only be described as her posse, consisting of Kassie Cazeault, an unidentified young woman who addressed Clark as “mom,” and multiple others, one of whom walked with the young woman and talked to her from beside her car for a considerable amount of time. Clark was also accompanied as she entered and left the courthouse by a woman who insisted that no pictures be taken of her, because her son had just been murdered the day previously. She maintained that that was why she was present in the courtroom, although she did not stay for any other arraignments, and left when Clark did.
As Clark exited the building, Roman continued Clark’s past “no comment” policy, saying that his client did not steal any money, she was innocent of the charges, and she would be exonerated.
“[This is] a witch hunt,” he said.